Can I Be Required To Pay My Rent In Cash?

California Civil Code Section 1947.3 allows a landlord to require a tenant to pay in cash if a prior check from the tenant bounced or the tenant stopped payment on a check. The landlord must give you written notice of the cash requirement and must attach a copy of the check that was declined by the bank. A landlord may only require cash payments up to 3 months after the check was declined.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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